PAUL D. "TANK" SFERRUZZA
1953 - 2020
{ "" }
Share
Share PAUL's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
SFERRUZZA, Paul D. "Tank" Boston Radio Personality "TANK" Paul D. Sferruzza, "Tank" of Boston radio fame, died peacefully in his home in Dover, NH at the age of 67, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 after a period of declining health. Paul leaves behind his beloved partner Elaine Keating Pridham of Dover, NH, as well as his brother Joseph of North Carolina and sister Joann of Carver, MA and their families. Paul was born in Cambridge on January 10, 1953 to Paul and Irene and lived throughout Greater Boston most of his life. A graduate of Boston Trade School, Paul aspired to be a baker. His radio career radio started in 1977 when he volunteered to answer the "listener line" at WBCN Radio. Paul rose through the ranks as WBCN van driver, producer, voice of "YOOP," and sports reporter/director, and then as sports reporter at WZLX until his retirement in 2003. Even after his retirement he continued to provide scores, updates and unbiased commentaries on his Facebook page. Donations may be made to the Paul "Tank" Sferruzza Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 1204, Marshfield, MA 02050. Arrangements were handled by Taskers Funeral home in DOVER, NH. Visiting Hours: No Visiting Hours. A public Celebration of Life will be held in Summer 2021.

View the online memorial for Paul D. "Tank" SFERRUZZA


To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Boston Globe from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
32 entries
April 25, 2021
I was a personal trainer to Paul for about 2 years and he worked very hard to lose the weight he did. Such a wonderful soul, miss him...so sad to hear of his passing so late.
Judy
Friend
December 4, 2020
Tank was a great source of knowledge i worked with him from 1999-2003 i was his driver, he told me things about life music and sports the stuff nobody knew about i will miss him dearly
Jared Frontiero
Coworker
December 4, 2020
My deepest condolences to Paul’s family. He always spoke so highly of his sister and adored his nieces so much! The sports world has truly lost its biggest fan!
Joanne Schisler
Friend
December 4, 2020
As a broadcaster, Tank was professional, collaborative, thorough, funny, and wildly entertaining. He LIVED sports. His segments had passion, elation, anger, joy, sadness, and knowledge...because he was a fan and a real person. A person who was loyal, funny, friendly, super-generous, and just a love. He taught me a lot about the business, but more about how to be a better person. He always cared more about how YOU were doing. Peace to you and your entire family.
Ken West
Coworker
December 2, 2020
I remember you from 'BCN and especially the Channel late 70s till I moved in '91. You were a treasure! Prayers to your family, friends, and many fans....
Paula
Acquaintance
November 30, 2020
Paul was kind, generous, always looking out for others and making them feel good. I felt a lot of pride knowing him! Enjoyed talking and watching sports with him and teaching him hockey insight. A huge mentor for me within WBCN. Rest In Peace my brotha. XOXO
Jamie Willis
Friend
November 29, 2020
He was a real great guy
Norman Dempsey
Friend
November 29, 2020
Wonderful, wonderful person
Generous ❤, thinking of others
Annie
Friend
November 28, 2020
I worked with Tank at WBCN from 1987-1989. I'll always cherish the huge hugs and the nickname 'Lips' he gave me. Such a nice, nice man. Tank, you're one of my favorite memories from a very special time in my life. My condolences to the loved ones he left behind.
Karen (Harvey) Trauner
Coworker
November 28, 2020
PAUL WAS A GREAT PERSON AND FRIEND, HE WILL BE MISSED.
John Torosian
Friend
November 28, 2020
Reat in Peace, Tank, from Jamie, long time WBCN Listener Line volunteer.
Jamie
Coworker
November 28, 2020
Rest in Paradise Paul, you were an amazing person and made me feel special. I only wish we had gotten to know each other sooner. Sending big hugs to Joe, Joann, and family ♥
Judi
Friend
November 28, 2020
He was a great guy I got him an interview with George foreman
Norman Dempsey
Friend
November 28, 2020
I worked with Paul through the 80's at WBCN. He was one of the nicest people to walk the halls. He was my mentor and friend. I know he's climbing that Stairway to Heaven.
Eileen Delahunty
Coworker
November 28, 2020
He was one of the sweetest people. Knew him from the WBCN Listener Line in the late 79’s and early 80’s.
Maureen Brennan Bennett
Coworker
November 28, 2020
I’m honored to have crossed paths with Tank in my career. What a sweetheart and what a great talent. He spoke for the common man. Rest In Peace Tank! Buzz Knight
Buzz Knight
Coworker
November 28, 2020
The man under the lights in one of his favorite venues
He was there for all those he met with a kind word. Always brought a smile to my face. Large in life, larger in spirit. Much love brother
Oedipus Oedipus
Friend
November 28, 2020
Like so many, I only knew him as Tank. His kindness is what I remember most, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. RIP for a decent soul.
Phil the Intern
November 28, 2020
I can feel a hug from Tank as I write. We arrived at BCN the same year and he worked the Listener Line during my show on occasion. I was thinking of him recently while listening to Magic Johnson talk about Larry Bird. Hearing I'd never been to a Celtics game, a horrified Tank trundled me off to the Garden to see the great rivals play. I would so love to relive that Sunday. A dear, dear soul who brought joy to so many. Buen viaje Paul. Rest well. More games ahead!
Tracy Roach
Coworker
November 28, 2020
RIP Tank....Hopefully, you are together with your greatest sports heroes. Thanks for being there for Eliot and me during our Jordan’s Furniture years.
Barry Tatelman
Acquaintance
November 28, 2020
RIP to a wonderful person! He gave me many years of laughs and entertainment as part of the 'BCN crew. I met him several times at 'BCN events and he was always a friendly kind fellow.
Louise Connolly
November 28, 2020
RIP Paul, I enjoyed your radio personality very much. Condolences to family and friends
Judi McMahon
November 28, 2020
So sorry to hear about Tank. He was truly one of a kind! He will always be another one of the great memories I had working at WBCN. Rest In Peace.
Denise Venditelli
Friend
November 28, 2020
Paul, I always loved your sports reports on BCN, and meeting you one time on the streets of Boston.
My condolences to Paul's family, friends, and his tens of thousands of fans all over New England
Larry Ouellette
Acquaintance
November 28, 2020
My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Tank was the sweetest man I ever met, always ready with a thoughtful or caring word to brighten one’s day. A legacy of kindness. So long, you gentle giant, love you to the moon and back always
Alice A
November 28, 2020
I met Paul back in the late 70's when I was visiting Charles at WBCN. Got to know Paul and spend a little time with him. He was a Very Sweet Person and I will remember Paul Fondly
God's Speed My Friend
Bruce S Pierce
Friend
November 28, 2020
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Bruce S Pierce
November 28, 2020
He was a great talent and very funny, I will miss hearing you.
Pat Halvorson
Friend
November 28, 2020
Paul was more than a cherished friend and respected colleague. He was one of my brothers. I will hold him in my heart forever.
Lisa Traxler
Coworker
November 28, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful man.
Rip Tank.
Lisa Law
Family
November 27, 2020
Tank was like the guy you heard yelling at the coaches and managers while you were watching the games on TV at a sports bar; and he aired those opinions loudly every morning on my “Big Mattress” radio show. Listeners looked forward to his gruff, honest and very opinionated way of talking sports - he sounded the way ordinary fans do when they gather together at family dinners, tailgate parties and barbecues.
Behind the scenes, Paul did many wonderful things for people less fortunate than he and which few people knew about. (Whatever the Italian word is for "mensch"- that was Paul "Tank" Sferruzza - and everyone who listened to him as "Tank on Sports" or who knew him personally, loved him!) He was a wonderful human being, and beneath all the bravado, he was a truly humble person who was big in every way: big physically, big charismatically, a guy with a big sense of humor -- and an even bigger heart..."
Charles Laquidara
Friend
November 27, 2020
So sad to hear this. Tank was always nice to me during my time at WBCN, even in coercing people to give me a ride home after work. He will be missed.
KC
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences